Known to have 9 outlets in Japan with 14 years of history, Kagurazaka Saryo has opened its very first flagship store right in Singapore at VivoCity.
Brought into Singapore by Japan Food Holdings who owns eateries such as Ajisen Ramen, they have replaced existing Fruit Paradise outlet (Oh bye bye, Fruit Paradise!) with Kagurazaka Saryo.
Fans of fruit tarts from Fruit Paradise need not worry as the tarts are still available for purchase in slices or in whole at Kagurazaka Saryo.
This is a Japanese teahouse that specialises in matcha desserts and drinks.
Sounds like heaven for the matcha-holics?
Known for their range of Uji Matcha in Kyoto, the interior of Kagurazaka Saryo is designed like a Japanese teahouse with prominent wooden element incorporated in the design.
Note: This is not to be confused with the legit, famous Saryo Tsujiri 茶寮都路里 found in Tokyo, even though they both have “Saryo” in their name.
Each table is equipped with an iPad for ordering and visual purpose, and only the desserts and drinks are available from 3-5pm daily.
Food will be served directly to diners and payment is made at the end of the meal.
The menu offers a selection of signature matcha desserts such as their famed Matcha Fondue with Assorted Sides ($14.90) and Matcha Frozen Smores ($9.90).
Both matcha and hojicha latte are available in hot ($6.90) and cold ($6.90) versions.
Other versions of matcha and hojicha lattes include one with Chocolate ($7.90), Azuki Shiratama ($8.90) or Kuromitsu ($7.90).
Their Signature Parfait ($10.90) comes with matcha and vanilla ice cream, warabimochi, jelly, hojicha cream, matcha pudding and topped with Azuki beans and shiratama.
It might sound like a good deal with an assortment of ingredients and toppings, but I was unfortunately disappointed with the dessert.
The matcha ice cream was milky and sweet, and the taste of green tea was not as distinct as expected, especially when this brand is supposed to comes from the land of matcha.
Another one of their highlights is the Nitro Tea ($7.90) prepared directly from taps with nitrogen infused in it to create a smooth and creamy texture in addition to the usual matcha and hojicha.
Coming in 2 different flavours, Matcha (no sugar added) and Matcha Hojicha, both drinks are served with a set of warabimochi and kuromitsu (black sugar syrup) by the side.
The first sip of the nitro matcha was delightful, strong, fizzy, refreshing with distinctive matcha taste in it.
The hojicha layer, on the other hand, was sweet and rich and overpowered the refreshing layer of matcha.
I will definitely recommend the Matcha Nitro Drink instead of the Matcha Hojicha Nitro Drink.
For a more substantial meal, savoury food options such as Cha-Nabe are available. Flavours include Aburi Chicken/ Pork Shabu Tom Yum ($11.90), Aburi Chicken/ Pork Shabu Soya Milk ($12.90), Salmon Miso ($11.90).
As I was looking forward to this matcha- dedicated teahouse, the matcha desserts and drinks fell short of expectation.
Kagurazaka Saryo 神楽坂茶寮
VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-59, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.